After we got off the train at Union Station in Toronto, we made our way to our hotel, the Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre – University of Toronto.
Taking some photos along the way and enjoying the warm temperature under a sunny sky, we reached our hotel.
We got a room on the 25th floor with a gorgeous view over Nathan Phillips Square.
After a generous breakfast buffet at the hotel (university cafeteria) we walked back to Union Station for our train to Ottawa.
An easy, relatively short ride: 4 1/2 hours.
Arriving in Ottawa we were met by our daughter.
Our vacation in Ottawa had begun!
We enjoyed the Ottawa tulip festival, went for a pedal boat ride and admired the Victoria Day fireworks at night.
After a walk with our grandson in the morning, we all hopped on a city bus in the afternoon to explore ByWard Market and surrounding area.
The boys, young, medium and old, went for a miniature train ride while the girls checked out a few stores. The ride finished and sightseeing done, we headed for Zak’s Cantina, a Mexican restaurant with a full size bus inside! After dinner we had beaver tails for desert 🙂
Today we checked out Parliament Hill. The parliament buildings are closed to the public due to renovations. Due to be re-opened in 10 years!!!
We walked down towards the river. It was so windy that we saw the water blow back over the locks. Hiking/biking paths along the river were still closed due to flooding.
No boats, not even the amphi bus, were allowed on the water yet. One planned excursion cancelled. No problem. There was enough to be seen.
May 22 and 23
On Wednesday we had an easy day, playing with our grandson, having lots of fun.
Thursday we went for a walk/bike ride (I walked, he rode his running bike) to Strathcona Park. A tuba player on a park bench played “Edelweiss” for us. We continued our walk/ride to Stephen Brathwaite Strathcona’s Folly. That was fun.
In the afternoon we took the bus (2 buses rather) to the Children’s Museum, part of the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec. It was still dry, arriving there but that didn’t last long. Pouring rain while waiting for the bus back later in the day. The parliament buildings, so clearly visible when we arrived, had all but disappeared from view by that time. After bus one (the number 44) we had dinner in the Rideau Centre before taking bus #85 back home.
After dropping off our grandson at his daycare, or what he calls his school, I ventured into the city. Wandered around, found the National Art Gallery, checked that out and enjoyed it, roamed the ByWard Market again, had a great time. Then it was time to pick up the young one and home we went.
Today we drove to Merrickville for lunch with our son-in-law’s parents. A pretty little town but unfortunately it rained. We enjoyed a great lunch at the Yellow Canoe Café. After lunch we drove to Almonte where the rain eased up enough for us to walk around.
An interesting town, surrounded by raging water.
Swimming lesson for our grandson and of course we came along to check on his progress. A cousin came over from Toronto so this day turned into a wonderful family day.
Another day spent sight-seeing in Ottawa plus another visit to the Canadian Museum of History. Not the children’s section this time though!
And then, on May 28, it was time to go back home.
We experienced an amazing train ride across Canada, had a nice evening in Toronto and a fantastic time in Ottawa.
Thank you, Kiran, Geoff and Kingston, for making our Ottawa time so special!